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Poster: staggerleib Date: Sep 24, 2009 11:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of Rob Wasserman

Rick Laird played bass for MO.

Stanley Clarke has these alien hands so well suited to playing the bass. His style is truly different than anyone else that I know.

What makes Phil so interesting is that he plays the instrument as if it were a lead, rather than an accompaniment, or rhythm section instrument alone.

I have listened lately to the Beatles Remasters (WOW), and have to say how completely surprised I was to hear Paul in this landscape. He was really great, even back when the bass was just a small component of the sound, his musicianship was never truly in question, but until I heard him up higher in the mix, I could never really appreciate him. That being said, I'm much more a George/John guy.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Sep 24, 2009 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: In Praise of Rob Wasserman

Thanks stagger...wish MO had lasted longer than they did. That music has held up incredibly well. Still listen to it.

Once heard Jerry in an interview suggest that Phil's bass lines were like one long guitar solo. Compared it to the sounds of a humpback whale, that when sped up sound like a bird. He suggested, somewhat humorously, that if you did the same with Phil's bass playing during a song you would end up with a fantastic guitar solo. Heard it awhile back, but the thought has always stuck with me.